Cigarette blamed for major fire

A discarded cigarette is being blamed for a serious fire in Chorley on Wednesday night.

Firefighters were called at 7.48pm to the incident at 10 Railway Street, Chorley.

It had been reported to the fire service that the occupiers of the property were still inside the property, so a total of four fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus were committed to search for and rescue the occupants and to extinguish the fire.

It soon became apparent, that the property was unoccupied at the time of the fire so search and rescue operations were suspended.

The fire was brought under control be 8.30pm, but two crews remained in attendance until 9pm in order to conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire.

The cause was determined as a carelessly discarded cigarette, which had set fire to bedlinen, which spread to the bed itself and resulted in severe fire, heat and smoke damage to the room.

Five further rooms was also affected by smoke, but were saved from more serious damage by the fact that the internal doors were correctly fitted and closed.

The property was also fitted with a main electric smoke alarm system, which if the occupants had been in, would have raised the alarm and allowed them to escape without harm.

* christopher.maguire@lep.co.uk